Routine, routine, routine…
Establishing a solid routine from day one is very reassuring to your pet rock. It will help ease some of the stress and fear that your rock may be experiencing during this transition period to it’s new environment. First and foremost, teach your new pet rock it’s daily routines. Begin with the very basics like:
· Where will my pet rock sleep.
· What time it will goes to bed.
· Where the bathroom is.
· When meal times will be.
· Where toys are kept.
You will also need to start teaching your rock which behaviors are allowed in your house and which ones aren't…
· Is it ok to jump up on the furniture?
· Is it ok to jump up onto people?
· Is he allowed in the kitchen when meals are being prepared?
· Is it ok take socks out of the laundry basket?
· Is it ok to shred the toilet paper roll? (um…no)
· Is it ok to sleep your bed?
Once your rock knows the basic rules of its new life in its new home, you will be amazed how it will take to the rest of the training rather quickly.
Rocks aren’t naturally attracted to dens. In the wild, a rock is generally pretty happy wherever it is. For a domesticated pet rock, a crate can become a safe haven. It can become their own little home within your home, a safe space where it can retreat, sleep, hide from storms or just lay around in if for no other reason. If introduced and used correctly, the crate will be where your pet rock feels at ease and willingly chooses to sleep. Now, if you do choose to crate train your pet rock, an actual crate is not necessary. A small box or container will suffice.
Housebreaking should begin the day your new pet rock arrives home. Even if you’ve adopted an older rock that may already be housebroken, it’s always a good idea to go over the training steps to ensure that it is fully trained there aren’t any unexpected accidents. When starting fresh using proper techniques, most new rocks will learn rather quickly and be completely trained in a matter of hours. But if you do it wrong, housebreaking can become a real nightmare. Unfortunately, many pet rock owners don't realize they're doing something wrong until the “accidents” have become a bad habit... and bad habits are hard to break. So, you will want to establish the right pattern from the very beginning. You may choose to teach your pet rock to use a litterbox but it really isn’t necessary. Although it is a great way for your stone to relieve itself indoors, many owners find that the task of keeping it clean and tidy can become burden. For those seeking and alternative, a simple piece of newspaper discreetly hidden in a corner will suffice. Remember to change it daily with a fresh piece. You may also want to use a section that your rock prefers. Your rock will appreciate the reading material while “going”. Either way, you can choose which one works best for your rock and your lifestyle.
Teaching your rock to be handled
It’s a good idea to start handling your pet rock immediately upon arrival into your care so that it becomes comfortable with the contact and it learns to accept anything you may need to do with it. It is very important for your stone to accept YOU as the leader in your family. Being the leader means you are the one who decides what is okay for “Rocky” to do and what isn't. There are times when YOU – not your rock – have to decide what is necessary and your rock should gladly allow you to do anything you need to do with it.
Brushing, cleaning, bathing, going for care or checkups are all times when your rock needs to feel at ease and allow itself to be handled for extended periods of time.